Awards Given to Joy Harjo

2013 PEN Literary Award

Joy Harjo wins in Creative Nonfiction for Crazy Brave at 2013 PEN Literary Awards!
LA Times Article

Crazy Brave wins at 2013 American Book Awards
Before Columbus Foundation

The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.  The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions.

Joy Harjo is one of seven artists selected for the Sundance Institute 2013 Playwrights Retreat at Ucross Foundation, February 4-22, 2013.

2011 Mvskoke Women’s Leadership Award

Artist of the Year: JOY HARJO

2009 NAMMY Native American Music Award

2009 Eagle Spirit Achievement Award

For her overall contributions in the arts, from the American Indian Film Festival and a US Artists Fellowship for 2009

2009 New Mexico Music Awards

Joy Harjo wins in 2 categories.

In 1987, a number of recording industry professionals set out to achieve cooperation among recording studios and other industry professionals in order to create a climate of professionalism and artistic excellence within the New Mexico music community.

The result was the New Mexico Music Industry Coalition (now the New Mexico Music Awards) This awards program recognizes excellence for recorded music from the previous calendar year for original music productions recorded and mixed primarily within the state of New Mexico. Find out more

AirTrain USA

Joy Harjo is one of 100 poets asked to participate in Artrain. Traveling to communities across the United States, Artrain USA is “America’s Hometown Art Museum.” A nonprofit organization, Artrain USA’s mission is to enrich lives and build communities through the arts. Artrain USA brings world class art exhibitions and art education programs to communities and their residents and delivers exceptional opportunities for learning, growth and art appreciation while encouraging the development of local cultural programs and organizations.

Joy Harjo awarded $50,000 Fellowship

Joy Harjo has been named United States Artists Rasmuson Fellows and will each receive a $50,000 grant in recognition of their cultural contributions.

They are among 50 recipients of United States Artists Rasmuson Fellowships for 2008, totaling $2.5 million. The grants recognize and reward a wide range of creativity — in the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media arts, music, theater arts and visual arts.

All 50 awardees were honored at a celebration at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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2005 Writer of the Year

Awarded by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for the script for
A Thousand Roads, 2005, made for the National Museum of the American Indian.

2003-2004 Writer of the Year – Poetry

Awarded for How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 (book)

2003-2004 Storyteller of the Year

Awarded for Native Joy for Real (CD) by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of The Americas.

2003 Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Oklahoma Center 

Awarded for How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 (Book)

2003 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry

Awarded for How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 (Book)

1998 Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award

Awarded For Reinventing the Enemy’s Language

1995 Oklahoma Book Award in Poetry.

Awarded for The Woman Who Fell From the Sky

2001 Writer of the Year/Children’s Books

Awarded by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for her book
The Good Luck Cat.

1998 Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writer’s Award

To work with the nonprofit group Atlatl to bring literary resources to the Native American community.

1997 New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts

Musical Artist of the Year for 1996-1997

For the CD, Poetic Justice, from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

Mad Love and War wins at 1991 American Book Awards

Before Columbus Foundation

Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award

1991 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America

Awarded for the best book of poetry

1991 Oakland PEN, Josephine Miles Poetry Award

1996 Bravo Award from the Albuquerque Arts Alliance

1995 Oklahoma Book Award

Awarded for The Woman Who Fell from the Sky

1994 Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship

1993 The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT

Honorary Doctorate from Benedictine College in 1992

National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships in 1992 and 1978

1991 Received the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University

1990 The American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award

1989 Arizona Commission on the Arts Poetry Fellowship

1987 NEH Summer Stipend in American Indian Literature and Verbal Arts

The University of Arizona

Her work has been included in the Pushcart Prize Poetry Anthologies XV & XIII

Named one of the Outstanding Young Women of America in 1978 & 1984.

1980 1st Place in Poetry in the Santa Fe Festival of the Arts

1977 Received The Writers Forum at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Received The University of New Mexico Academy of American Poets Award.

1976 Received 1st and 2nd Place Awards in Drawing at the University of New Mexico Kiva Club Nizhoni Days Art Show